A Broughty driver has been fined after stealing a £25,000 courtesy car and attempting to sell it online because he was angry with the garage.
James Anderson’s own Mercedes had developed a fault - so he took it to an Arnold Clark garage in Dundee to get it fixed.
But they were unable to sort out the issue, and eventually gave him a courtesy car when his son tried to drive the motor off the forecourt only for it to break down 50 yards later.
He was given the £25,000 Mercedes-Benz B180 Sport - but refused to hand it back when the garage were unable to fix his vehicle.
Eventually Anderson sent off forms to the DVLA to have the motor registered in his own name.
And after he got the logbook back in his name, Anderson then listed the car for sale - and got a quote from online car buying service WeBuyAnyCar.com.
His lawyer said he was trying to ‘pressure Arnold Clark into repairing his car to “his satisfaction”.
Fiscal depute Susan Ruta told Dundee Sheriff Court: “He wasn’t happy with the works done and indicated to Arnold Clark he would be retaining their vehicle until the necessary repairs had been done on his.
“On November 18, 2013, he completed a V62 application to register the vehicle and obtain a logbook as registered keeper.
“He indicated on that form he had bought the car from Arnold Clark, and the logbook was duly sent to the accused by DVLA.
“On January 27, 2014, he, now being the keeper, attempted to advertise the car for sale on the Internet.
“Police became involved and he told police he would give the car back in due course.
“The car was later found in a lock up.”
Anderson, 49, of Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, pleaded guilty to stealing the car on January 27 at his home address.
Theo Finlay, defending, said: “There was a long standing and protracted dispute.
“He paid substantial monies to Arnold Clark over a period of time but they couldn’t find the fault and insisted he come to collect the car.
“He was unhappy as the vehicle remained faulty despite substantial monies being paid for repair work and their positions became entrenched.
“The position changed when he posted the vehicle for sale - he was cranking up the pressure and he was trying to force them into dealing with him.
“What he did was stray into the realms of extortion.
“He now accepts he dealt with this in the wrong way.”
Sheriff Michael Wood fined Anderson £150 and said: “The circumstances here are unusual - unique is where I’d put them on the scale.
“Your conduct was criminal and has to be marked.”